North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday failed to reach a deal to repeal a divisive and costly law restricting protections for transgender people, ending a daylong special session without coming to agreement on anything.
After the North Carolina House adjourned without making a decision, the state's Senate voted down the motion to repeal the controversial so-called "bathroom bill."
That means no end in sight for a crisis that has already helped oust the sitting governor and triggered a boycott of the state by businesses, performers and sports leagues that has cost North Carolina tens of millions of dollars.
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Lawmakers walked away after hours of debate in public and behind closed doors with flocks of protesters crowding the statehouse, most of them seeking the law, known as House Bill 2 or HB2, to be killed off. Their day ended in disappointment.
As the debate in the North Carolina Senate began to spiral, the crowd reacted.
"Do what you said you would do," a member of the audience yelled. The larger audience chanted "shame" as the North Carolina Senate adjourned.
The lack of resolution is a blow to Gov.-elect Roy Cooper, the Democratic attorney general who campaigned against the law. After narrowly defeating Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, Cooper worked to broker a deal between the Republican-led legislature and the city of Charlotte, whose ordinance expanding LGBT protections in February prompted the law.